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Evolution of the Auditory System
I've had a few requests to post the replies I had to my message asking for
information about the evolution of the auditory system. So here are some of
the references and contacts I recieved:
Webster, Fay & Popper (1991) The Evolutionary Biology of Hearing,
Herrick, CJ (1948) The Brain of the Tiger Salamander, U. of Chicago
Larsell, O The differentiation of the peripheral and central
acoustic apparatus in the frog. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 60,
van Bergeijk, WA (1967) The evolution of vertebrate hearing. In WD
Neff (ed) Contributions to Sensory Physiology, vol 2, 1-46, Academic Press:
(* I'm pretty sure that this is a reprint of Bergeijk's 1966 article in the
American Zoologist, 6, 371-377 called Evolution of the sense of hearing in
vertebrates, but I may be wrong *)
Young, JZ (1962) The life of vertebrates, Oxford University Press.
Volman S, Konishi M (1989) Spatial selectivity and binaural
responses in the inferior colliculus of the greta horned owl. Journal of
Neuroscience, 9, 3083-3096.
Contacts given were:
Darlene Ketten at the Mass. Eye and Ear Institute, 617-573-4083.
She's done a lot of work on comparative anatomy of cetacean auditory
systems, including extinct animals.
John Rosowski, at the Eaton-Peabody labs in Boston, is someone who has
studied the evolution of auditory systems.
A couple of people reported that they remember hearing about an ASA meeting
about Dynosaur hearing from the fossil record, but I haven't chased this up
I have also picked up a few more articles which may be of interest:
Robert D, Amoroso J, Hoy RR (1992) The Evolutionary Convergence of
Hearing in a Parasitoid Fly and Its Cricket Host. Science, vol 258, 1135-37
Thewissen J, Hussain S (1992) (I've mislaid the article for the
moment - But it's on the hearing of primitive whales and dolphins) Nature,
vol 361, p444
Wilczynski W (1992) Listening Post, Book Review of The Evolutionary
Biology of Hearing by Webster, Fay and Popper, Nature, vol 358, p202
Thomson KS (1966) The evolution of the tetrapod middle ear in the
rhipidistian-amphibian transition. American Zoologist, 6, 379-397.
Many thanks to:
Steve McAdams, David Mellinger, Yost Parmly, Kip Keller, Rebecca Mercuri,
Ervin Hafter, Terry Takahashi, Fred Cummins, Bill Thompson, Arthur Popper
and Bill Woods.
If anyone has any more ideas and references I would still be VERY grateful
for them. Well I better get back to writing the paper now.
* Kevin L. Baker *
* Dept. of Psychology, University of Sheffield *
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